Scaevola ramosissima

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Purple Fan-flower
Scaevola ramosissima Elvina Trail.jpg
Purple Fan-flower at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Scaevola
Species: S. ramosissima
Binomial name
Scaevola ramosissima
(Sm.) K.Krause

Scaevola hispida Cav.

Scaevola ramosissima known as the (Purple Fan-flower or Snake flower) is a small shrub or climber[1] in the family Goodeniaceae, native to south eastern Australia. The habitat is often near the sea, on poor sandy soils frequented by fire. Growing in the eucalyptus forest or heathlands.


It grows to 40 cm in height and produces attractive purple flowers between the months of August and March. It grows along the ground with some raised shoots.

Leaves without stems, 2 to 10 cm long and 2 to 10 mm wide.[2] Leaves thin and somewhat reverse lanceolate in shape. The leaf edges may or may not be toothed.

painting by James Sowerby